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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2018, 02:39:57 AM »
Verdant looked out across the city of wind although he had never been to Wind path before the smells of Mistrali food and the sounds of the people speaking Mistrali, brought back memories of growing up in Mistral. A wave of emotions washed over him as he spoke making his voice crack "I'm back in Mistral."
Verdant quickly cleared his throat thinking no one heard that, he had to get it together, this was no time to get nostalgic. He had come back for a reason and he had a job to do Verdant thought.
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2018, 01:46:37 PM »
Juno had the sinking suspicion that he was being watched from the moment that he had stepped off of the airship. As unsettling as that was, however, he knew he couldn't allow that to bother him. Any tell of weakness could very well be taken advantage of, and bluffing or not, the Fang was still a threat, and had Caja in their possession. His eyes flicked toward Rory, then to the case slung over his shoulder. He hadn't received any instructions thus far, though whether that was a good thing or not remained to be seen. Nevertheless, he remained outwardly stoic, taking a brisk stride toward what seemed to be the center of the market, with his scroll in hand.

[VCVS, remain on standby. Rory will accompany me when they take me to Caja, Ver and Sam, I'll need you two to stick somewhat close. Ver, find a place to snipe from. Sam, make an attempt to dispatch any guards posted outside once Rory and I go in. Understood?]
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2018, 07:51:22 AM »
No sooner had Juno sent his message than his Scroll lit up with an incoming call -- the number wasn't on his contact list, so it was either a random advertising call... or...

Rory looked Juno's way and nodded. They would both have to be careful with what they said and did from this point forward, as any misstep could be fatal -- for Caja, and for them. When Juno answered the call it was an unfamiliar female voice, dripping with contempt, that spoke. "Juno Vert... welcome to Wind Path. I see you've brought a friend along. Caja's replacement?" The woman chuckled mockingly, though the tone of her next words was deadly serious. "Skirting the rules already, are we? You were told not to get any official channels involved, so there had better be a very good explanation... otherwise this poor lost puppy is gonna pay the price for your arrogance."

The next sound over the phone was muted grunting and struggling -- it was impossible to tell for sure, but it sounded like Caja. After a few seconds the hateful woman spoke again. "Start talking, Vert! Convince me you'll play nice, or I'll start cutting little bits off of her ears."
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2018, 01:19:00 PM »
Juno's breath caught in his throat as he heard the woman over the scroll, doing his best to collect his thoughts in the face of her threats against Caja. He didn't know where they were. Not yet... But he didn't have to. He just needed to bide time until they led him to them. "...My arrogance? Or accounting for your oversight?" He replied once he found the words to speak, his voice even and calm, despite his anxiety. "I don't know Windpath, and I can't read Mistrali. My associate is here to act as a translator. He's nothing to be afraid of."

Having regained his stance on the exchange, Juno stood up from the bench, bag in hand, and strode toward the edge of the waist high wall separating the east side of the market from the vast canyon. "I'm playing nice for the same reason you should be; because we both have something the other wants, and we could both very easily get rid of said thing. So what's more important to you? Getting the suit or hurting the girl?"
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2018, 04:50:01 PM »
The voice on the other end was silent for a moment after Juno spoke, a moment that seemed to stretch out further and further with each heartbeat. Whether it was deliberate and meant to mess with him or if something else was going on was hard to say; finally, after what seemed a tense eternity, the woman on the other end spoke again.

"...You have some serious stones, Vert, I'll give you that. While I would relish the chance to make your lap dog regret betraying her own kind, we do indeed have business to attend to. Your tag-along can stay, for now, but know that we're watching every move you make. Now," His Scroll pinged as a map destination and route were received. "This is where you're heading. You'll receive further instructions once you've arrived -- do not deviate." With that, the call ended as abruptly as it began.





The directions led away from the nicer, more commercial parts of Wind Path and towards the slums. Rory's visor, running a translation software he'd downloaded before leaving Vale, was able to direct them well enough when it came to road signs and the like, but it wasn't long before they were well past the point where any but the barest signs stood to direct travelers. This was the Wind Path not of arts, culture, and mercantile -- this was the Wind Path that worked the Dust mines of the canyon, and here squalor and desperation were the only things to decorate the bleak living conditions. Of course, most of the residents were Faunus; if the Fang was making a statement with their route choice it certainly wasn't a subtle one. Houses rapidly gave way to shacks and run-down looking apartments, and even the pavement of the streets turned to unsteady cobblestone and in some places nothing but well-trod dirt. This wouldn't exactly be a private place for a meeting, but with the Fang's influence in Mistral the difference would be minimal -- few had the luxury to care about what went on back here, so long as it didn't happen to them.

If Verdant and Sam weren't careful, they'd stick out back here like a sore thumb. Juno and Rory certainly did; they could almost feel the eyes on them from half-concealed vantages as they made their way. Most were probably just residents wondering at the "rich folk" who'd traipsed into their uncaring corner of the city, but there was certainly the possibility that some eyes weren't quite so innocent in their gaze. Still, the two were left alone; no one came near them, not even those few who were almost certainly pickpockets. That in-and-of itself left an uneasy feeling with Rory.

Without warning, Juno's Scroll beeped again -- they hadn't even reached the destination but the White Fang were already sending them somewhere other than expected. "They don't trust us." was all Rory said when he saw, but the meaning was clear: the Fang were playing with them, giving them false expectations to see how they'd react. It was a tactic to flush out any help they had along, break up coordination and planning. It also didn't mean much; as long as Sam and Verdant were keeping an eye on their Scrolls the live feed from Rory's goggles would be all the notification needed about the change in plans.

The new path took the students out of the slums and into the older parts of the industrial district. Shuttered factory buildings proved to be just as common as those still in operation, giving a bleak and dystopian veneer to their surroundings. There were far fewer prying eyes and ears here, but arguably even more places to hide. Their new course was far less winding, almost a straight shot in fact... leading to a large mining warehouse built precariously close to the canyon's edge. A text message pinged Juno's Scroll: 'Enter through the second door on the  south side.'

This, then, was it...
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2018, 04:53:22 PM »
Sam had separated from the group fairly early on; she'd been away when they were all getting off the airship, getting changed in a local toilet. Not the most glamorous of locations to do so, and not exactly the most glamorous clothes she was getting in to - but certainly a brighter getup. The normally darker jeans were replaced by a pair of slightly ripped denim ones, and a white shirt-skirt combo was over that, along with a roughed-up blue beige jacket. The setup definitely didn't scream 'trendy', but what it was - for her - was perfect for hiding herself in plain sight. Chains wrapped around her legs for once to hide them, rather than her arms, she looked completely different to her normal getup in several ways; the slightly less depressing colour scheme, the slightly more ridiculous set of cheap sunglasses, the fact some pale skin was actually showing for once, and the suitcase by her side.

Oh, and the whole 'actually looked like a girl' thing. That too.

Much as it alternately grated on and amused her that her team seemed somewhat blind to her gender, despite the fairly obvious evidence - she had short hair, but come on, that wasn't exactly rare - the farce she'd kept up out of curiosity proved useful now. If even her team wasn't exactly sure what she looked like when in a- she took a moment to look down at the clothes with distaste smudged onto her expression- then their enemies certainly wouldn't. Hell, she doubted her parents would recognise her at first glance like this. All in all, she'd done her best to look local - more importantly, looking like she was trying to get out of the place. The tattered clothes and off-brand names would hopefully help with that, and the fairly ramshackle looking suitcase would just add to the view, along with containing the rest of her gear. A tourist would have a mini one; the decent size hopefully showed she was trying to make a move somewhere. Perfect excuse for being around some airships. She took a small comfort in replacing her headphones, far too modern-looking to fit in at all, with a pair of earbuds - it's the little things that count.

Feeling the echoes merge and bounce around her, she hummed quietly to herself as she walked through a not quite back alley but not quite main road of the slums, keeping to herself much as she could, scroll feed hotwired to her eyepatch-covered eye - less obvious than the usual bandages, but something she couldn't completely hide in the end - and tried to make her way towards the location from Juno's scroll, but also trying to keep a lookout for any possible White Fang grunts around the place. The key was the whole 'airship' thing - it was probably a fair journey off, or at least enough to warrant the security of a larger craft. As such, one thing they likely needed was supplies, and a light application of her semblance coupled with a handful of headache pills left her trying to listen in to anything sounding like gathering fair amounts of food or water.
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2018, 05:39:09 PM »
Verdant composed himself and walk down the street. He figured that the white fang where watching him as he walked down the street. He ducked into a local shop as asked where the bathroom was in Mistrali. The owner grunted a response and gestured toward the back of the store. Verdant thanked him and walked into the single person bathroom. Verdant looked into the speckled mirror of the bathroom and saw himself in his disguise, he was wearing a brown coat with an orange shirt underneath, he was also wearing grey pants with boots. Besides that, he had shaved his head into a short buzz cut and was wearing two small horns that made him look like a faunas.  The horns where plastic and but you could only tell that if you touched them. Verdant looked vaguely like himself but a person could only tell it was him if they really looked.
He then took off his backpack a assembled his bow, he took stock of what he was able to smuggle on the train.
He had ten arrows total, two of which were explosive, one was an ice tipped dust arrow that could freeze a large area, another one was a smoke arrow. The remaining six where regular razor tipped arrows. He would have to be careful not to be wasteful and the retrieve whatever arrows he could. Verdant the put the backpack on and climbed out the window of the bathroom to get to the roof. There he followed Juno and Rory on the rooftops and jumping between the gaps in the roofs. After following them to a warehouse district which Verdant thought was cliche for the white fang to hold her in a warehouse district, what was this an issue of X-Ray and Vav?
He chuckled to himself when he saw a White Fang member a 200 yards out watching Juno and Roy from a distance with a sniper rifle. Verdant then went in a wide birth around the block to get behind the White Fang sniper. Verdant made a lot of noise going from roof to nearly falling off at one point until he was behind the sniper who had miraculously not noticed him. Verdant knocked the sniper out then took up the sniper rifle and stole the member's radio.
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2018, 04:52:34 PM »
A sigh of relief escaped Juno's lips as the woman hung up on her end of the scroll. Granted, that was likely the easiest part of this mission. Once they were within distance of the Fang, there was almost no telling what they would try to pull once they were in the same room, let alone what would happen when he turned over the suit's hard layer. He didn't have any reason to trust them to hold up their end of the bargain, but it was already clear that too much was at stake. He could only pray that his bluff would work.

While Rory was rather jumpy as shops and restaurants gave way to condemned tenements and run down buildings, Juno maintained an air of stoicism, keeping his breathing even and attention forward as he felt the ever growing number of eyes on him. He and Rory were outsiders, well off in compared to these residents. Not to mention, all the eyes trained on him were of Faunus, and he was an Atlesian walking in on their hood. Nevertheless, his stone-faced expression didn't falter, his pace direct as he continued down the path, only for him to freeze momentarily and glare down at his scroll as the path suddenly changed. "Of course they don't. We don't trust them either." He remarked, simply shaking his head and starting off on the new path. "Stick close. I can't afford to let them get another person I care about."

Juno's eyes narrowed as he looked upon the building they were meant to meet the Fang, noting the dilapidated structure and dangerous positioning. That was... one way to attempt to kill him and Caja, that was for sure. Snipers could have been posted at certain vantage points, too. And who knew how many people were posted inside that warehouse... Juno paused to take a deep breath, waving for Rory to follow as he moved for the directed door, suit bag slung over his shoulder.
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2018, 08:21:18 PM »
JUNO & RORY

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On the other side of the door, darkness awaited. Aside from a small number of thin, stark beams of daylight streaming down through holes in the roof there was no illumination to be seen -- it was like stepping into midnight with only broken moon fragments to light your way. The air was stale damp, smelling strongly of old wood rot and languishing iron rust... but also a faint hint of something akin to ozone, strangely enough. It was familiar, but Rory couldn't quite place it. Silence filled the air, punctuated only by a steady drip . . . drip . . . drip . . . that might have come from water pooled on the roof -- at least until Juno and Rory took their first steps inside, discovering that the floor had a very shallow layer of water sitting on it. Oh yes, this kind of setup had the Fang's signature written all over it: take advantage of their superior dark vision and hearing to disadvantage the humans from the get-go, a classic Faunus strategy.

Rory was just about to switch his goggles over to infrared, aiming to even the playing field some, when the first floodlight snapped on and practically drowned the two students in sudden, sharp brilliance. Three more followed, all aimed at various spots on the liquid-covered floor in such a way that there was near-total coverage. It was nearly impossible to see anything past the bank of floodlights, positioned as they were atop a metal walkway about sixty feet up that ran across the wall opposite the entrance, though if you squinted and covered your eyes you might catch a glimpse of half a dozen rifle barrels peeking over the railing edge.

"Juno Vert..." It was the woman's voice from before, the one that had taunted Juno on the earlier call. A sound of metal clanging could be heard, then a splash before an imposing figure walked into the edge of the light. The woman was built like a tower, six and a half feet of chiseled muscle clad in a sleeveless white tank top and close-fitting dark gray jeans -- what's more, both her arms from the elbow down had been replaced with brutal-looking mechanical prosthetics. It wasn't Atlesian workmanship, to be certain, but her arms weren't junk either; someone in the private sector, possibly even the black market, had clearly been paid a fair lien to adapt a set of durable, practical, and combat-worthy industrial android arms for her use. Her smoke-gray eyes narrowed cat-like as they further adjusted to the light, a faunus trait to be certain, and beyond a brief glance at Rory they stayed locked on Juno with a glare that was both hateful and expectant. "I believe you have something for us, yes? Hand it over."



SAM

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Sam's keen senses and Semblance were picking up a good bit from her surroundings as she discreetly followed Juno & Rory into the industrial area. While White Fang operatives might be trained well enough to avoid detection by human sight and hearing they were comparatively easier to spot by their kin, and Sam was taking things a step beyond even that. She was picking up a scattering of life signs (breathing, pulse, slight shifting of restless bodies) from a handful of rooftops -- and ended up close enough to cleanly make out Verdant's approach and take-down of one particular sniper. If she and he coordinated, it might just be possible to take out the Fang troops positioned outside the warehouse. Doing it undetected... that might be harder.

What she wasn't finding so far were any signs of an airship, strangely. It was likely the Fang had one somewhere nearby, or at least a Bullhead for local short-hops, but there didn't seem to be any indications. A few of the larger buildings possibly had landing pads on the roof, but there was no sound of idling engines or cargo being moved about to suggest a presence. Still, there had to be something -- the Fang had, after all, basically moved Caja halfway across the world. Something was clearly missing...


VERDANT

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The sniper that Verdant had taken out had more than just a weapon and radio, it turned out -- the reason he'd been able to make such a successful approach was due in part to a half-finished candy bar that the Fang member had been in process of eating at the time, one of a dozen residing in a small supply backpack laid out alongside where the sniper had been set up. He had likely been so preoccupied with tracking Juno through his weapon's scope that he hadn't noticed how his own chewing left him exposed, something Verdant had inadvertently taken full advantage of. A quick inspection of the bag would turn up a spare ammo clip, a backup pistol, and a flare gun in addition to the aforementioned Pumpkin Pete's ChocoCrunch cache.

The radio, however...

"B-3, what was all that racket? This is supposed to be a stealth op! What's going on over there?!"

... was a bit more pressing of a concern.
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Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2018, 08:00:53 PM »
Sam gave a blink at the lack of airship - she would've thought it'd be somewhat difficult to hide a continental-capable travel vehicle - and then kept moving on. She trusted Verdant enough to get what he needed to do done; and the plan wasn't to ambush them here, anyways. Caja was the main objective, and while one person being disturbed was just happenchance, two people being disturbed one after could be called a coincidence.

Coincidences didn't happen in their line of work, on either side of the coin.

However, one thing she could do was eavesdrop. Moving towards where she would be able to hear the most absent chatter - some of those guards posted together must be getting a little antsy, after all - she tried to gather a bit of information on the situation, keeping one eye on the camera feed behind the bandage of her covered-up eye.
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